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said the white house advisors were called on the carpet and mocked gibbs's reversal. >> they were taken to the wood shed and mr. gibbs was sent out to say oh, no, we're not going to raise taxes on middle income, but mr. president, that's misleading, at best, to the american people. you cannot do all of the things the president wants to do without raising taxes and inevitably that will be on the middle class. >> gibbs called geithner's and summers' statements a hypothetical back and forth. the president discussed the off-kilter message with both in the oval office this morning. gibbs denied either was taken to the wood shed. >> i don't know how much more clear about his commitment can i be. >> then why didn't geithner and summers say it? >> they left it to me. >> also left to gibbs was reminding voters that the $15 cuts for a middle class family and he also said friday's jobless report will tabulate another several hundred thousand jobs lost that are needed to stimulate the u.s. economy. bret: the administration is leaning hard on the senate to put more money into the cash for clunkers p
-care reform for another year. bill: a obama spokesperson robert gibbs giving fox news a jab there, and it looks like the president may be setting himself up against austria is that smart? dick morris will analyze -- against us. is that smart? >> i do not get it. i do not get it. do you all think you are persuading people when you shout out like that? bill: a new poll shows that folks are turning against the obama health-care program, and almost everywhere -- >> you do not trust me? you know, i do not know what else i can do. bill: we will continue our reporting on this stunning story. >> ♪ she was only 16 bill: and some people are concerned about only 16-year- old miley cyrus becoming a sex symbol. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- hi, i am bill o'reilly. thank you for watching us tonight. as the obama administration declared war on fox news? that is the subject of tonight's talking points memo. it is known that some in t
. a reporter asked the white house press secretary, robert gibbs, if the obama administration recognized ahmadinejad as the country's legitimate president, and gibbs said, "he's the elected leader." of course, mousavi would likely disagree. he's fighting the results of last month's election in iran in which he lost to ahmadinejad. mousavi's wife says he will keep up the fight. that's according to a post on an iranian opposition website today. now to a transatlantic scam that may have targeted close to 200,000 elderly americans. nearly a dozen suspected con artists in israel have been arrested, charged with running a phony lottery sweepstakes. they stand accused of bilking many of those americans out of $25 million. we're told the scammers had personal information on the victims, including phone numbers. the story now from jerusalem. >> oh, my gosh. i have something here that says i've won $500,000. >> it's called the nigerian sting, except it was done from israel. this one, an elaborate lottery scam that swindled $25 million from elderly americans. the calls were made from an office in t
to the white house and robert gibbs, who is briefing and being asked, of course, about taxes. let's watch. >> as part of health care reform, the president's identified $500 billion in spending that he thinks can be cut. we worked just in the past two weeks on a bipartisan basis to look at a program like the f-22 and cut some of that wasteful spending out of the budget as well. yes, ma'am. >> if iran doesn't agree to talk with the united states, is the u.s. discussing with its allies the possible of steep sanctions, such as sanctions on gasoline and other refined petroleum products? >> well, as you know, the p 5 plus 1 has an outstanding invitation for the iranians to come to the table. the president strongly believes that we should, and many of our allies believe that we should not allow the iranians to acquire a nuclear weapon. that invitation has not been responded to. as you've heard the president discuss recently, we will evaluate as part of g-8 process where we are on that engagement in september, but i don't want to get into discussions amongst allies are hypotheticals as we get tow
. it's gotten -- i think you could probably count on one or two hands -- >> there you have robert gibbs explaining that the president is heading back to elkhart, indiana where people are suffering really hard times. the unemployment rate jumped there again. people there aren't buying rvs so a lot of layoffs in that city. and the president is trying to go out and let the american people know that he's concerned about getting jobs back in line. >> and before that, we had been listening for more details or for some answers to some questions about the situation in north korea and the two journalists that are there, as expected, he did not really address those questions, he said no comment, that's pretty much what we were expecting but we wanted to make sure. it. >> the former president clinton headed to north korea, he's trying to secure the release of two american journalists there. but the house said it didn't want to jeopardize the mission of the former president so they refuse to comment at all on that. let's go to nairobi where andrea mitchell is traveling with secretary of state hilla
at town halls across the country white house press secretary robert gibbs has some harsh words for us. cable news. >> dissent is part of the american tradition. i think what is unproductive though is if somebody tries to come to a town hall meeting and you can't ask your question or your mother can't ask her question because somebody else is yelling. that's what cable tv and the food fight brings to this. i think we all have something to lose, matt, if we let cable television come to town hall meetings and kill health care reform for another year and put the special interest back in charge. greta: today, protesters continued to blast lawmakers at health care town halls. >> you want to be led out of here? you are welcome to go. now, wait a minute, wait a minute, now wait a minute. >> i came prepared to speak and instead you wouldn't let anybody to speak. i'm not a lobbyists with all cinsdz of money to stick in your pocket. >> we have just had a demonstration of democracy. >> what are you going to do to restore this country back to what our founders created according to the constitution
. the white house is balking at the airport. robert gibbs says absolutely not. he said the goal is a bipartisan bill. let's bring in bill sammon. he is in the dc news room. i looked at this poll that shows that 59% of americans do not want democrats to go it alone. there's some dispute over whether or not have the votes to do that. what if they do play hard ball and go it alone? >> i think the reason that robert gibbs is denying that is that very pull and others like it. remember how bush was demonized for his supposedly alone foreign policy. now we're talking about barack obama's go it alone domestic policy. it is robert gibbs job as press secretary to say that nothing has changed. the reality is that he said the same thing on monday after the weekend when obviously the obama administration changed its position on the public option, suddenly is signaling it was no longer a necessity. robert gibbs came back on monday and said nothing had changed. it is always the press secretary's job to assure you that nothing has changed, even when clearly something has changed. the democrats
the same message. >> you will see the consistency iof ensuring that we cut costs. >> robert gibbs trying to downplay criticism over the last comments of a public auction from the illustration. >> that is not the essential element. >> gibbs says the president and health secretary are open to ideas which is what they have said for months. >> sunday must of been a very slow news day. here is the bottom-line. absolutely nothing has changed. >> beers over potentially losing the public option has a route -- fears over potentially losing the public auction has riled up some. and democrats may go it alone without republican support on a health care reform bill. one republican senator says democrats need to scratch their entire approach and start over. in washington, nikole killion, wbal-tv. >> coming up, research shows you may be able to have some anti accident rich snack. -- anti-oxidants rich snack. >> we will give you a live look outside >> it is going to be a muggy day outside. you will need your umbrella later this evening. a ticket with outside right now. clear across much of maryland. a l
from the white house in a briefing here. we're expecting robert gibbs to come out and talk to reporters any moment, but let's bring in white house correspondent savannah gurthrie, they're sending us, what is it a preemptive strike? because nobody's saying for sure that the public option is done. >> no, no. no one's saying that, but a lot of people have read into what the health and human services secretary sebelius said on sunday what the president himself said on this town hall over the weekend and both of them essentially saying, you know, if and when the public option is part of a plan and sebelius saying it's not an essential element of health care reform. and some people thought that took what the white house has said on a public plan a little bit further. it's true, though, and robert gibbs is pushing back. it is true for months and months when asked whether or not the public option was a deal breaker, the white house always hedged. they always said the president prefers the public option, he thinks it's the best way to increase choice and competition, but open to other ideas so l
white house press secretary robert gibbs. then we will turn to afghanistan. where u.s. troops are going head to head with the taliban as that country prepares for this week's elections. we will get perspective from former senator chuck yagel and lee hamilton and finally presidential historian douglas brinkley joins us to talk about presidents and our national parks, but first, the rage over healthcare reform. on face the nation. captioning sponsored by cbs "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. and now from washington, substituting for bob schieffer, harry smith. >> welcome again to the broadcast, bob sniff is offer this morning, joining us now from phoenix, arizona where he is travel twg the president, white house press secretary robert gibbs, mr. gibbs, good morning. >> good morning, harry, how are you? >> very well. >> 80 percent of americans have health insurance, they may not be thrilled with the system as it works right now, but their fear is reform is going to make things worse instead of better. can you guarantee them that things will impro
that ahmadinejad is the legitimate president of iran? >> he is the elected leader. bret: robert gibbs creghtded that today "let me correct a little bit of what i said yesterday. i denoted that mr. ahmadinejad watt was the elected leader of iran. obviously, the iranian people still have questions about that and we will let them decide that. " we're back with the panel. charles. >> well, that was a kingsleyian gaffe in which a politician speaks the truth, or at least as he understands it. it is not the truth about iran itself. the guy who was sworn in today is not elected. it was a fraudulent election. everybody knows t however, it reflects what the administration wants in iran. it wants him in power t did not want the demonstrations. it is somewhat a nuisance and it got in the way of the grand scheme of negotiations in which obama sweet talks iran out of its nukes, which is in and of itself harebrained and naive and now it is collapsing around him. it was dishonorable, our lack of support of dem state tores in the street who were being shot in the name of democracy. now, on top of dishonor is fa
! >> we'll talk with white house press secretary robert gibbs about the president's big town hall meeting. >>> a question prompts a very undiplomatic response from secretary of state hillary clinton. >> wait. you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state. i am. >> we'll tell you why it was a moment lost in translation. >>> and not amused. a roller coaster comes to a screeching halt leaving thrill seekers dangling high in the air for more than four hours. "early" this tuesday morning, august 11th, 2009. captioning funded by cbs >>> the sun is shining over new york city. good morning, everyone. i'm julie chen in los angeles. harry smith is in new york. maggie rodriguez is off this morning. good morning harry. >> good morning, julie. we've got breaking news this morning. >>> eunice kennedy shriver has died at the age of 88. family members gathered at the hospital in massachusetts last night. eunice kennedy had been in critical condition since last week. her family issued a statement this morning saying she was the light o
and small! there's fun for all! ♪ . >>> this is geico sports extra when joe gibbs returned as redskins head coach back in 2004, one of the free agent signings was cornelius griffin. there were a few changes after that, but one of them left the tackle. more on why why they didn't have to worry about filling that position. >> reporter: of the redskins training camp, you could say this one was looked at with a lot of respect, more than any other. he has never been to a pro bowl, nor has he provided big numbers, but for six seasons, cornelius griffin walked the line. >> i enjoy being here and playing the teammates, i enjoy being here. part of the team. everybody has a job to do and be accountable for their position. >> reporter: yes, the man he will line up next to, albert haynesworth, received the richest contract provided for. but the man in the middle, staying quiet except to the teammates behind him. >> he does a lot of the tough work, you know taking on double teams, controlling the group so somebody else can make the play. cornelius is a professional, comes in, day in, day out. gets the
different animal in terms of his trip this morning. >> it was interesting, this morning, when bill gibbs was briefing us this morning at the white house he said, you can ask away, but we're not in a position to talk about this. he did answer one. someone asked about a report coming out of south korea that clinton carried a message from president obama to kim jong-il. he said, that is not true. so i don't know what you make of that. maybe it's north korea that's hoping to expand the dialogue. >> well, look, i think the president certainly wants to have a broader dialogue. you know, and he's been, i think, frustrated by the north korean actions, like the iranian actions. go back to the campaign, one of the great disputes on foreign policy, both in the primary and in the general election was his determination to talk to these rogue nations. the rogue nations hasn't made it very easy for him to pursue that agenda. and this may be an opening to begin. it is hard to imagine that if diplomacy works in a series of confidence building measures, traditionally. and if it only stays the conversation
press secretary robert gibbs keeps saying that the town halls are not representative. it is just all a lot of chatter and team obama says that the people are just misinformed. the left has spent a lot of time, effort, and money trying to discredit the town hallers as the yahoo racist fringe. this strategy has clearly back fired. look, democrats have been caught flat-footed, it's obvious by this popular uprising. all those harvard grads at the white house should have known better. powerful arguments against socialized medicine have been around not for months but for decades. ronald reagan was saying this back in 1961. laura: i have to believe that ronald reagan is smiling down on town hall forums where law abiding and hard-working americans are standing up for freedom. independence, moderates and now even democrats who are senior citizens are saying no to a government-managed healthcare system. their worries are real and while violence is never justified, the passion certainly is. until people see real practical signs that president obama is taking their concerns seriously, these prot
, at the white house press briefing press secretary robert gibbs was pushed again and again on what the white house conceded to get that dual done. if, it's, in fact true, here was his response. >> i can assure you that we have come to an agreement to seek some savings from the pharmaceutical industry as part of comprehensive health care reform. >> not exactly the detailed response that reporters were looking for. shep. shepard: shannon bream in front of the capitol tonight. as we reported a moment ago, we are seeing new indications that the town hall meetings are having an impact. those indications come in the form of the polls. check out this one from "u.s.a. today" and gallup. shepard: but the newspaper reports the white house is questioning the poll with advisor david axelrod, expressing some skepticism about exactly how they conducted it. so what do regular folks really think? carl cameron has been at the state fair in iowa, des moines. karl, what are they saying? >> well, there is a recognition that things have turned a little bit and the opposition is getting a lot louder. there is no
at the press gaggle, basically, and secretary robert gibbs office he was asked about this. was there a message that former president clinton, because of this report, was there was a message that he was delivering to kim jong-il on behalf of president obama, what about that report. he said "that's not true." we should tell you that secretary gibbs wouldn't confirm or deny that president clinton was, in fact, even sitting down with kim jong-il he basically said, look, it is a very sensitive situation now. he wouldn't go beyond his statement from this morning. this is a solely private mission and the statement went on to say that they don't want to jeopardize the success of what he called former president clinton's mission. interesting choice of language there as, obviously, this is a critical period of time sensitive and delicate are of the hour, t.j. the white house being very tight lipped and the only evidence is this denial by robert gibbs of this report that somehow there was a message that former president clinton was delivering to kim jong-il on behalf of president oobalm sglau i know they
gibbs same we have said the same thing over and over again, well, they haven't. >> we will hear from robert gibbs today at the white house press briefing. i can guarantee that major garrett and other reporters will want to probe that. to say that we have been boring in maintaining these same stances on the party lines does not explain all the different statements. we should know more today. trace: you can imagine there is great interest in the white house briefing today at 2:00. not just health care, we are talking about e-mails. we will have team coverage on the front side and the back side. co-ops have is an idea on the table on health care reform. what exactly are they? is this something that can record your family? -- can work for your family? and an awful accident, at a plant. we will tell you what happened. ..xn0]are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. - oh, come on. - enough! you get half and you get hal
as a result of the continuing debate. >> and gibbs saying that there are so many misconceptions about the plan and that is what is contributing to the drop in poll numbers. bill: we will watch from here. megyn: a heated exchange yesterday fox's major garrett asking press secretary gibbs about e-mails sent out by the administration as part of its healthcare push. major said he has received reports of people getting e-mails even though they have never signed up for any white house e-mail list. those e-mails are from organizing america the president's political group. take a listen to the exchange. >> whether obama for america or organizing for america has nothing to do with, never has had anything to do with what if you sign up for through white house.gov to receive e-mails so let's just -- the reason i interrupted you is because i want you to rephrase the question so doesn't continue to assume something is violating the law and mixing political -- >> some people who never signed up for anything related to the white house, nor obama as a candidate or anything. and have received e-mails from davi
the record straight early on, these folks, i think, they are dumber than joe the plumber. >> robert gibbs may be right. we are all focusing on some of the craziness taking place at town halls and some of the politicians playing to the bases showing up at town halls when you are not getting a representative sample of actual people in the middle who show up. bill: now, there is something very disturbing about a major corporation, g.e., allowing its news division to brand americans, rationist, stupid because they oppose. i have never seen this before. folks are using their constitutional rights to protest the health care policy they believe will harm them and the country. a powerful corporation, g.e., which just received more than a billion dollars in low cost government loans, taxpayer money, demonizes the very people that provided them the cash. is that unbelievable? and the folks are noticing. so far in august, the msnbc network, the most radical left arm of nbc news is down 24% in total audience while fox news is up 21%. at 8:00 p.m. factor is up 56% in the. it's not just nbc news going afte
judgment on any tax increase now. today, white house press secretary robert gibbs says summers and geithner were speaking hypothetically. dan lothian reports from the white house. >> reporter: the president's two top money men may have a good grip on all the numbers, but their words may have gone offscript. >> i think they allowed themselves to get into a little bit of a hypothetical back and forth. >> reporter: that's the clarification of comes made by treasury secretary timothy geithner and economic adviser, larry summers, on the sunday morning talk shows. the two seemingly leaving the door open to a middle had-class tax hike in order to pay down the deficit and afford health care reform. >> it is never a good idea to absolutely rule things, rule things out, no matter. what. >> we are going to have to do what it takes. we are going to do what's necessary. were. >> reporter: spokesman robert gibbs again stressed the president's commitment to not raise taxes on americans making less than $250,000 a year. >> though there's no -- there's no real scenario there as the administration sees it wh
. but there are those that see every arrest as simply creating a vacancy to be filled. stephen gibbs, bbc news, mexico city. >> this is "world news today" from bbc world news. our main story so far -- the former u.s. president bill clinton is in north korea on a surprise diplomatic mission seeking the release of two imprisoned american journalists. australian police have records -- have arrested four individuals with ties to a somali terrorist group. the fatah group is aiming to elect a new central committee and ruling council. they're giving it to a younger generation that has grown up fighting israel's occupation of the west bank, captured in the 1967 war. they seek to regain ground lost to hamas. fatah dominates the palestinian authority, and the americans are trying to broker a peace between them and israel. joining me live as far correspondents. >> here we are at the first thought i conference in 20 years. fatah, of course, which dominated palestinian politics for decades. more than 2000 delegates are here, and what is their aim? to elect new leaders to the party and also to go for a revised poli
talker, was at the press briefing with robert gibbs, and asked him this question about basically trusting senator grassley. >> can you still count him as an ally? >> i still think there is a possibility of bipartisan agreement through the finance committee in order to make progress on a piece of legislation that can pass the senate. >> he seems to be playing rope-a-dope with the white house. >> well, i will -- i guess we'll see about that. >> todd webster, is the white house playing softball on this issue? i think they are. what do you think? >> i need 60 of course, and the program will be stronger if they do have republican support for it. i think, you know, the clock is ticking, but it's not in the final seconds yet, so i think they ought to try to hold out, and if not grassley, then olympia, or susan collins or some of the moderate republicans. >> the senator from iowa has made it very clear that he will are not support anything that has any language every a government program or a public option how's the president going to navigate around that? >> remember, you heard robert gibbs talk
someone had put it up for adoption. martha: right now we are waiting for press secretary robert gibbs to step in front of the microphone. he is likely to be in the hot seat today as reporters try to pin him down as to whether there is a door opening on new taxes to pay for health care and reduce the deficit. some of the president's top in visors are saying it is not necessarily a question of if it will happen, but perhaps when. major garrett is inside the briefing room. do you expect that to be a hot topic today? >> absolutely. robert gibbs has already been advised to embrace these types of questions. tim geithner and larry summers said that this was a two-stage process. that the economy needs to recover for early first before the administration will contemplate any taxes on the middle-class. however, both said they would not rule out the imposition of higher taxes, if that is what is necessary to have the economy recover and reduce the overall best said -- deficit. this is in stark contrast to what candidate obama's said on the campaign trail. he said that he would not increase taxes
journalists, but a senior administration official says that that's not the case and robert gibbs, spokesman here at the white house, said it did not happen. now president obama said that he does plan to sit down with former president clinton to talk about his trip to north korea and we're also told by a senior administration official that former president clinton will be debriefed by the national security team. lou? >> and president clinton showing a lot of class and constraint. he said nothing upon his return, whatsoever. did he? >> reporter: he did not say anything at all. perhaps he'll talk in the future, but letting today be the day where the family can speak out about enjoying, you know, their relatives who have returned home, talk about their experiences, and for now, he sort of stays in the background a bit. >> dan lothian, thank you very much, from the white house. >>> president obama tonight is facing rising criticism of his domestic agenda, particularly health care. >>> three senate democrats today said republican opponents of that legislation are con cocking what they call phony
is an assessment where we are. >> reporter: white house press secretary robert gibbs said it was president obama who ordered the report which gibbs says the president is yet to receive. >> the president asked for a review of our policy. the president authorized additional security forces in to afghanistan. >> reporter: the review from president obama's new commander, eneral stanley mcchrystal called for more training to afghanistan forces to take over security so u.s. forces could focus on counterinsurgency. we have a record number of troops and we will have 68,000 by the end of the year. the report does not call for more u.s. troops but says the request is expected later this year. >> he wants to request more troop but there is not much support in washington for that. >> reporter: the center for strategic and international studies says while the taliban controls a third of afghanistan, a new strategy could free u.s. troops to go after them. >> the situation is deteriorating. the security getting worse. if it is getting worse in the south and east and parts of the north as well. >> reporter: aft
called those protestors shrill. robert gibbs suggested the protests are not spontaneous. let's listen to gibbs first. >> i also have no doubt that there are groups that are -- have spread out people across the country to go to these things and to specifically generate videos that can be posted on internet sites so that people can watch what's happening in america. >> the american people want health care reform and we're going to do health care reform. in spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw a monkey wrench into everything. we're going to continue to be positive and work hard. >> the senator reid's comments clearly directed at protestors like these exercising their rights to protest. here's how one lawmaker reacted to such a demonstration in long island, new york. >> no one is talking about the government taking over health -- >> oh, no, no! >> another congressman under fire for supporting the president's health care plan, congressman lloyd dogget who was heckled over the weekend. >> just say no! just say no! >> and along with that, an
might need to go it alone. just a short time ago, robert gibbs saying the president wants to work with democrats, independents and republicans. >> our preferred option is to go the route of getting all those involved that are at the table to agree to something that can be supported by both parties. i can't speak to what republicans will ultimately end up doing. the president doesn't have control over every person's vote on this. he can and will continue to work to try to get americans want a bipartisan bill. 59% say they should no. chuck todd is nbc's chief white house correspondent. are these mixed messages today? or are they saying the same thing differently? will democrats go it alone if they have to? >> they're really saying the same thing differently. when i interviewed the president in elkhart, indiana about two weeks ago and asked about getting a health care deal by any means necessary, he said look, the goal is to get a health care deal. the goal isn't bipartisanship. so in many ways what emanuel is saying "the new york times," they're all kind of saying the same things. t
channel] shepard: you just heard robert gibbs say there are not mixed messages from the white house. stop it. we'll talk directly to the white house and ask the president's other spokesman, bill burton, if the president is given into republicans and abandoning his own base. also on top this hour, box number one, another death at the happiest place on earth. how a disney world performer became the third person to die there in the last couple of months. details ahead. in box number two, one of the internet's most popular social networking sites now facing a lawsuit. why some facebook's own members are saying the site violates their privacy. and box number three, the wife of the south carolina governor, mark sanford, speaking out for the first time, admitting he had an affair. why jenny sanford says her husband is addicted to his former mistress, the one he called his soulmate? and now jessica, her last day. time to have a baby. >> yes. shepard: and even in the middle of a health care flip-flop or not flop or whatever it is, we're concerned about cupcakes and babies to be. if you don't want
, according to robert gibbs, the press secretary, isn't going to give them a deadline saying, hey, you've got until september, if you don't come up with a bipartisan plan, that's it. but congress has its own deadline, so they are running out of time. >> savannah guthrie, we're going to stand right by right there. we'll be talking to each other in a few minutes as we continue this report from nairobi, kenya. thanks so much. peter baker, a white house correspondent for "the new york times" joining us now. peter, thanks for being here. the choreography of what we saw this week with several team's arrivals and you had barack obama and al gore calling in bill clinton to go to north korea. bill clinton, we're now told by robert gibbs, briefing the national security council today in washington on what he saw, what he observed and you couldn't have a more keen observer of kim jong-il and what's going on in pyongyang than the former president of the united states. how do we read this new dynamic? >> well, you know, of course, this is the first time that president clinton has done anything specific for
. the u.s. it took a second step back. the white house spokesman robert gibbs said he misspoke when he described ahmenijad as an elected leader. >> after the turmoil of the last two months, at last a moment when mr. ahmenijad could restore his dignity, pledging to serve iran for another four years. >>but look closely, and you coud see in pcs. this was boycotted by some reformist members and opposition leaders. there were no messages of congratulations. that provoked a bitter riposte from mr. ahmenijad. >> nobody in iran is waiting for your congratulations. the iranian nation does not give significance to your friends or threats and congratulations and smiles. >> in many ways, the president's problems are just beginning. the opposition includes zero former presidents -- includes a former presidents, including the man who believes he won the election and a number of consecutive former allies. and the west is ramping up talks on the nuclear issue. >> the country is more divided than it has ever been since 1979. ahmenijad is the most divisive political figure in the history of the islamic
't have ambition be he is very competitive one of the bus stories came from robert gibbs about when obama's a book "the audacity of hope" was published in 2006 which helped to create the build-up for his candidacy. obama wanted this to be a big best-seller so the book was about to come out and some of his staff said the book will do well be used to understand it is coming out literally the same time as the first piece of nonfiction by john grisham. said do not get your hopes up too far you have serious competition. he said on a understand. when it debuted and first hit "the new york times" best-seller list gibbs called him and said this is terrific you are at #2 and obama's said that is great know i want to be number one. and that is the competitiveness he took into this race for pro plano john mccain as a gambling man but so was barack obama to get into this race as a novice candidates. when we talk to him about what. him into the race he said he had a very good point* in his life, well known, successful books, doing things in the senate he knew with the democrats taking over in 2006 he
are offering some relief for their customers. and lindsay has lunch with former washington coach joe gibbs. >>> first this afternoon our top story. more trouble for metro. following an investigation into how a train was allowed to leave the yard with too many cars. >> the last two months have been a nightmare for metro with one tragedy right after the next. pat collins is live outside of the metro center station in northwest to tell bus the latest. pat? >> reporter: metro trouble. it seems every week something bad happens to metro. at the silver spring home of michael nash, someoneeft a card of cdolence in the front door. 63-year-old michael nash, a track repairman, for metro killed bay piece of equipment while he was working on the orange line sunday. mr. nash worked for metro 21 years and he lived in the silver spring neighborhood for a long time. >> every time he saw me he says hello, how are you, how is everything going. he is a good guy. didn't hear anything bad. >> reporter: today more bad news for metro. word that on july 31, a green line train left a greenbelt station with two too
minutes in and all kinds of hell breaking loose. go. take it where you want to take it. >> robert gibbs has gone through a number of i will lit racials for this healthcare view. they're part of a mob, it was partivity cable chatter, right. this was the food fight that was really not representative of the american people. i mean, they've tried everything and now they're trying these e-mails that are going out under david axelrod's name and he's urging people to get involved in the healthcare reform debate. now, major finds out that a lot of people are getting these e-mails who never have submitted their names or information to the white house, certainly not for organizing for america or any of these groups. so why are they getting these e-mails. >> yeah. how does the white house know their e-mail address. that's the key. >> and had the bush administration done anything like this, anything like this you would have the media up in arms. it wouldn't just be major garret of "fox news," i can tell you that. >> the problem here is government intrusion into your home. if there isn't a list, how
of the debate, which has fiercely divided washington, if not the nation. robert gibbs said that the book is far from closed on health care. >> the argument is not over, the debate is not over, the legislative process is not over. shepard: so, it is not over. major garrett, live from the white house. major, it almost sounds like a tried and true republican strategy, appeal to the morals and values. shepard: -- >> the white house has done this before with the president, and what is more interesting about this development, the folks that he is going to be talking to on this religious conference call, they are on the left side of the aisle, if you will. he has not been able to appeal to them before, but he will try again today from a political activism point of view. saying that it is immoral for americans to not have health insurance at all or lose it when it is critically needed. saying that what i need you to do is not just here my message, but act in a politically noticeable way to give me some help as i struggled through this process. shepard: it is possible for the white house to move forward
frustrated that their message is getting lost in all of the noise. take a list zone to what robert gibbs had to say today at his daily briefing. >> i think he believes very strongly, as we talked about how to address misconceptions or misimpressions about the bills. i do believe that the president feels strongly that when he makes his case, it helps the case for overall health care reform. >> so, again, the white house believing that these town halls have been effective for the president to get his message across and that's why you'll see the president going to a town hall meeting tomorrow in montana and then off to colorado on saturday. lou? >> now, this sounds awfully like manufacturing. it sounds like astro turf on the part of the white house which is the very same press secretary robert gibbs was -- well, has been moaning within the past week. all of the noise, as they see it, some of the misinformation as they are calling it at these town hall meetings out there. and they said, yeah, there is that concern. obviously, though, the white house hoping that they will base it on facts and not
.s. and israel boycotted that event. robert gibbs says, quote, there are statements that obviously she has made that the pez doesn't agree with, and that's probably true for a number of people that the president is recognizing. the white house says president obama will announce a manufacturing grant to elkhart, indiana when he visits the area wednesday. elkhart has the fastest rising unemployment in the nation. correspondent steve brown reports that, so far, stimulus money that's was promised hasn't shown up yet. >> >> it's construction season in elkhart county, indiana. >> normally we're busy. we just don't have the work we normally have. >> there would be more work, says jeff taylor, the elkhart county transportation manager, if there wasn't all this paperwork to fill out. because the transportation stimulus dollars are funneled through the states, taylor's office have both state and federal applications to do. >> i honestly believe president obama means to get this money spent quickly. >> that was the president's sales pitch when he visited in february r america needs jobs now. >> so we can'
gibbs' contravention and major was asking i think a very serious question, and the answer should have been pretty straightforward and you should know what the list is that you are using and if you don't know the list, say so and that is the answer but the fact that he couldn't answer those -- the question in a straightforward way i think is troubling. >> he said don't look funny to major and i want you to rephrase your question and rephrase in a way that he asks the kind of question, he wants to answer, right. >> yeah. exactly. and it's not every day that robert gibbs gets difficult questions, in the whole scheme of things, who i think the e-mail issue is a big deal, i don't, i don't think the white house probably is taking e-mails and -- people that are known to be critical or sceptical of health care reform and sending them a e-mail from david axelrod, that does not make sense and i don't think there is anything nefarious going on but it's interesting to me robert gibbs gets as testy as he did because he gets one question, that is a tough question for him to answer and clearly didn'
for the white house. >> kiersten, i want to point out that the white house was careful today when robert gibbs said unemployment rate could still go up over 10%. why do you think they were being so cautious? >> well, because it could, also, because they're managing expectations, very smartly. gibbs let people know yesterday essentially what was going to happen. chris: he said it may pick up a couple of points? >> again, managing expectations so it was better than what he said it was going to be. really, at the end of the day, what this is about is not so much about what the stimulus is doing specifically. it's about confidence. it is about people feeling confident in the economy. as long as they can have good news, as small as it might be coming out, then that will help americans be a little more confident about spending money. >> it's good news but there caveats. the number of people looking for jobs, the people that have given up, if you take them out of the equation, then you get a drop in the unemployment number, and it is statistical because it is from a survey. chris: 247,000 people, to
robert gibbs, the white house spokesperson, saying that they didn't want to say anything to jeopardize any developing situation and that the safety of the two women was their priority, was the main concern at the moment. but we expect that at some point we will be hearing from the u.s. administration. >> kim, it's coming out now as breaking news, but given the state of relations with north korea and such a high-profile visit by our former president, it seems inconceivable that something like this wasn't set up before he ever got there. >> absolutely. first of all, bill clinton is, of course, a former u.s. president. he has got great international clout and stature. he would never have flown to north korea if he wasn't confident that he would be able to pull it off. so he must have received some kind of guarantees that this was going to be a successful mission. and also because he's a former president -- and remember that he's married to the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton -- it's difficult to imagine that he simply freelanced on this mission and went to north korea without cons
a public option in it. at the white house today, the press secretary mr. gibbs admitting that the president still has not reached out to any members of congress concerned about just the possible loss of the public option. meanwhile mr. gibbs and others, like hhs secretary sebelius still insisting, quote, nothing has changed about the administration's support for a public option. indeed, everything has changed. >> as i have said now yesterday and earlier today, the president, his position, the administration's position is unchanged, that we have a goal of fostering choice and competition in a private health insurance market. the president prefers the public option as a way of doing that. if others have ideas, we're open to those ideas and willing to listen to those details. that's what the president has said for months. coincidentally, that's what the secretary of health and human services has said for months. that's what i have said for months. >> time now to call in our own lawrence o'donnell, contributor to the huffington post, former chief of staff to the senate finance committee. lawren
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